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To pick out what I believe the best cameras are in each one of these categories, I spent countless hours researching different websites gathering just as much information as possible for the best camera in each category. My research includes looking at customer evaluations on Amazon, Adorama and BH Image Video, reading professional reviews from DPreview, Imaging-Source and Steve’s Digicams, and reading several online web forums and discussion boards. Of course I’ll add my OWN personal opinion in the mix, also. Oh, an instant note… if there’s a very important factor to remember when searching for new a cameras, it’s that megapixels DO NOT MATTER. These big camera companies boast about having the most megapixels, trying to use it as a selling point, when they really don’t matter. Multiple resources on the net will say the same. Let’s start, shall we?
Best Compact Budget Point-and-Shoot
Staying beneath the $200 mark, and from the research I did, this little gem may take one heck of an image, alongside HD video, too! That’s right, this tiny guy has 720p (1280 x 720 pixels) HI-DEF video. Something that is rarely seen in a camera this inexpensive. From what I learn while researching, this camera will take top quality photos for the price. The only drawback on it I found online is a slightly more grainy photo because of the 14MP censor. Besides that, people think itâs great for the simplicity, pocket-able size and excellent price-to-feature value. Other features include a large 2.7-inch LCD screen, optical image stabilization, a broad 28mm equivalent lens (I really like wide angle lenses), HDMI outcome, and Smart Car. I head plenty of good things about smart Car. From what Canon says, it will “intelligently select between 22 different predefined settings.” Oh, and it comes in HOT PINK! Certainly not that I care… After investigating this class of camera all night, the general consensus is that Canon creates awesome compact budget point-and-shoots. You will end up satisfied with some of their budget models, including the SD1400IS. I have yet to get an awful one.
Best Compact Enthusiast Point-and-Shoot
Okay, now in my own honest opinion, that is a no-brainer. The previous version, the Canon S90, was a massive strike. And the Canon S95 improves upon it. I mean seriously! For a camera under $400, it has 720p HD video clip (with stereo sound!), a super bright f/2.0 lens, RAW mode (the best), a broad 28mm equivalent zoom lens and HDMI output. Those are just a few features. The best part, and the part that makes the S95 the best enthusiast point-and-shoot camera, is the control ring. This thing helps it be a breeze to regulate focus, exposure, ISO, white harmony, and pretty much all of the manual controls. It seriously has everything a camcorder enthusiast would wish in a point-and-shoot, and more! Let’s see… AUTO ISO, Shade yRGB histograms, bracketing, a metallic body, and crap tons of gimmicks and useless modes. In addition, it has an HDR mode. I’d never use it, but I guess it works pretty good. It requires three consecutive shots and merges them together for you personally. After that you can edit them later on your computer. I, however, think it is rather lame because all of the important functions are locked out, such as exposure and white harmony. And HDR on a point-and-shoot? What has this planet come to. Just buy this camera. Really. In all honesty I didn’t really do much research on other video cameras in its course, because once I understood Canon was producing the S95, it was going be a hit. Sure you can find other good enthusiast cameras on the market, but none that are nearly as awesome because the Canon S95 for the same price and size!
Canon G12? Big and bulky at a price of around $500.
Panasonic Lumix LX5? Still larger, and still more expensive. Price? Around $450.
I think I proved my point. Of course this is just my estimation. I’m certain others will disagree with me.
Best Entry-Level DSLR
The Nikon D3100 is certainly another obvious buy if you’re looking to get a Digital SLR. At close to, or under, $700, you obtain one heck of a video camera (with lens!) that’s jam-packed filled with features for the price. It’s also Nikon’s very first DSLR to feature full 1080p HD video. I want to describe why I picked it as the best entry-level DSLR. First off, it comes with a excellent kit lens, the 18-55mm AF-S VR, that is known to be an excellent all-around kit lens. It’s razor-sharp, has VR (Vibration Lowering) can focus very close – almost macro like – and contains Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor which gives it fast, quiet autofocus. Everything I read was basically positive, except for the occasional “bad duplicate.” The images the D3100 pumps out are so close up the experienced Nikon D3 and D700 in good light, that you could never tell the variation in a side-by-side comparison! High ISO on the D3100 is excellent, considering it isn’t a full-frame camera. I’d say it’s equally as good Nikon D300s I own with regards to high ISO. Basically, don’t be afraid to shoot at ISO 1600. In-fact, make it your buddy! The viewfinder in the D3100 is clean and distraction free. What I mean by that is it doesn’t have as much clutter heading on in the viewfinder. This can make it easier to compose shots. Also, it is a small, ultra-light in weight DSLR weighing in at 505 g (1lb 1.8 oz.) This is a plus to some, a negative to others. For me, I could go either way. Other features include a large rear 3-inch LCD, 11 Autofocus Points, Vehicle Distortion Correction, and Nikon’s different EXPEED 2 image processing motor. There are few (hardly any) items that the D3100 is lacking, though, compared to higher end cameras; It is possible to only use lenses which have a built in motor such as for example Nikon’s AF-S lenses (other lens makers have similar lenses) since the D3100 has no motor drive, there’s only 1 manual preset WB memory location, you don’t get any depth-of-field preview, and there is absolutely no Kelvin White Balance setting. If you are searching for an entry-level Digital SLR, now is the time to buy. And I would recommend the Nikon D3100. And so do thousands of others.
Best Semi-Pro DSLR
Nikon’s newest DSLR, the D7000, can be among the best in its class. Having a completely new and amazing User Definable Options (U1, U2) right on the setting selector dial, these convenient shortcuts permit you to set, retail outlet and change your cameras setting without needing to go deep into the menu system! I’m envious. I’d like my D300S to have this. Actually, I’m considering getting the D7000 for this feature alone. There are other features I, among others (from what I saw various times) love about this camera, too, such as for example:
Full 1080p HI-DEF video
Light in weight, but still ergonomically comfortable
Best-in-class high ISO photos
Quiet… Very quiet functioning…Shhh…
Ground-busting 2,016-Segment RGB Meter
Superior weather and dust sealing
Six frames per second continuous shooting around 100 shots
New EXPEED 2 image processing
39 autofocus things with nine cross-type sensors
So as you can see, this camera is really a bargain for its price, which is around $1200 (body just.) My exploration on the D7000 wasn’t as substantial as others in it’s category, due to the fact it just got released. And people are having trouble finding it; it’s always sold out! I have yet to read ANYTHING bad on the camcorder. All I could find is that it could only bracket three exposures rather than the 5-9 that various other cameras can do. People are raving concerning the fast autofocus, and awesome metering due to the fresh 2,016-Segment RGB Meter. The Nikon D7000 has already been a smash hit at the time of this article. It’s all sold-out. Not surprising if you ask me, since it’s just as good, if not much better than the Nikon D300s which is $300-$400 more. Now if you excuse me, I must go buy this camera.
Best Full Frame DSLR – TIE
Canon 5D Tag II and Nikon D700
After hours of analysis, I was determined to pick either the 5D Tag II or the D700 as the best professional full body DSLR. One or the other. Not both. Well, after those hrs of research I did so, I failed. My final verdict will be that you can’t fail with either of the stunning full framework DSLRs. They both offer breathtaking photographs, even at high ISOs. Plus they both have excellent construction which will last you years upon ages. But what are the differences